Jim James: Cool people ruin music
When Jim James took a false step, tumbled from the stage and injured his head while My Morning Jacket performed at the University of Iowa in summer 2008, it was a horribly painful end to what had seemed like a charmed run of luck.
The Louisville, Ky.,-based band had just celebrated its 10th anniversary with a four-hour headlining set at Bonnaroo. Their album "Evil Urges" debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard album charts, helped along by a starmaking appearance on "Saturday Night Live."
But it wasn't a charmed time for James, who worried he was on a wrong and very dark path, that he'd lost control and was not listening to his own best instincts. That horribly painful misstep, which sent him falling a dozen feet between songs in a pitch-black arena, meant months of canceled shows and a long recovery. Good thing he was obsessed with a book, a 1929 graphic novel called "God's Man," by Lynd Ward.